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Scientists told how long does it take for a person's body to completely decompose

Once a person dies, their body usually begins to decompose immediately, although good embalming can delay this process.

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Immediately after death, the human body begins to decompose, as cells die and bacteria multiply in the body. But how long does it take for the human body to decompose completely? Scientists answered this question for Live Science.

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According to scientists, the process of decomposition of the body begins within a few minutes after a person has died. Oxygenated blood stops flowing and this leads to the gradual death of body cells.

At the same time, a rapid multiplication of bacteria begins in the abdominal cavity of the dead man, because of this, gases are released, the abdominal cavity bloats and an unpleasant odor appears. If the body is in a very warm room, then the decomposition process is accelerated, so the dead bodies are placed in special refrigerators in the morgue. They are stored there until the funeral.

Although the decomposition process begins within minutes of death, both the ambient temperature and the soil in which the body is buried, as well as the material of the coffin, affect the decomposition process and its duration.

According to Daniel Wescott of the University state of Texas, USA, if the body was buried in an ordinary coffin, then the transformation of the corpse into a skeleton begins within a year after the burial. In order for the body to completely decompose, that is, all soft tissues disappear, approximately 10 years must pass.

Scientists told how long does it take for the complete decomposition of the human body

Scientists have told how long it takes for the complete decomposition of the human body

On the other hand, if the body has not been buried properly, then the decomposition process is greatly accelerated by microbes, as well as insects, which eat all the soft tissues. And within a few days, all organs and tissues will no longer have their original appearance. In the future, in a few years, such a body can turn into a skeleton. But it all depends on the environmental conditions. According to Nicholas Passalaqua of Western Carolina University, it can take up to 5 years for such a body to completely decompose.

According to Wescott, the decomposition process can slow down embalming when special fluids are injected into the body instead of blood. These chemicals act as preservatives and stop bacterial activity that destroys the body.

As for the normal burial of the body, according to scientists, the acidity of the soil in which the coffin is placed can also affect the rate of decomposition. If the soil has a high acidity, then the coffin will collapse faster, which means that microbes and insects will accelerate the decomposition process.

It turns out that the rate of decomposition, which can slow down, is affected by chemotherapy and antibiotics that the deceased person took before death.

According to Wescott, the lining of the coffin also affects the rate of decomposition of the body. Some materials wick fluid away from the body, which can cause it to dry out and even mummify faster. If the material retains moisture, then the body can be saturated with its own liquids and decompose faster.

As Focus already wrote, at the age of 90, the last astronaut of the Apollo 7 lunar mission died. Walter Cunningham was an astronaut on NASA's first successful manned lunar space program.